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Kanye West and Taylor Swift were among a group of Grammy nominees that were added at the last minute to the Big Four categories (Album, Record, and Song Of The Year, plus Best New Artist) due to a rule change expanding the field for those categories from 8 nominees to 10.

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The Recording Academy continues to exist within its own strange dimension, one in which Jon Batiste is the center of the musical universe and the second Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett jazz duets album was one of the landmark popular music events of 2021. You have to hand it to them for the consistency, at least: So many extremely Grammys-esque artists were showered with nominations today in preparation for the Jan. 31 ceremony at, uh, Arena. Some of them, like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber and Billie Eilish, are actually this popular in the real world. And some of them are H.E.R.

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The reworked song, released as an Amazon Original, was recorded alongside an orchestra at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios For more, check out: (Source)

According to Billboard, the Red (Taylor’s Version) gem has replaced Don McLean’s “American Pie” For more, check out: (Source)

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Now that we’ve reached Thanksgiving week, the annual influx of Christmas music that begins as a slow creep in October is about to go into overdrive. In recent years, this has meant a massive surge in streams for Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Although a hit upon release in 1994, Carey’s holiday classic is arguably bigger now than ever. It reached #1 for the first time in 2019 and returned to the top of the singles chart last year. Improbably — especially for someone with 19 #1 hits — it has become arguably Carey’s signature song and is universally regarded as a modern Christmas standard.

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A week and a half ago, Taylor Swift released Red (Taylor’s Version), her re-recorded version of the album that she originally released in 2012. The album’s centerpiece is a new 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” Swift’s brilliantly bitter breakup album. Back in 2012, Swift did not release “All Too Well” as a single, though the song still made it to #80 on the Hot 100. In the years since, “All Too Well” has emerged as a fan favorite and a critical darling. Today, “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” debuts at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Swift’s eighth #1 hit.

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Singer recorded track at Long Pond Studios with Aaron Dessner of the National and Jonathan Low For more, check out: (Source)

In the nine years since Taylor Swift released Red, “All Too Well” has become one of her best-loved songs despite never being released as a single. So when she re-recorded the album this year, she naturally made “All Too Well” a big focus of the project. Specifically, she released the long-rumored 10-minute version of the song, giving it a music video and performing it on SNL. And now, in the wake of “All Too Well” and “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” and “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” comes yet another version of the track.

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iHeartRadio, the largest radio station owner in the US, has announced that it will only be airing Taylor Swift’s re-recorded albums moving forward, as each one is released. So far, that includes Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and the just-released Red (Taylor’s Version).

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